Posts Tagged ‘My Favorite Things’

Having Fun With Paper

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Hi Everyone. This is Susan with a simple way to do something a little different and a great way to use up your pile of designer paper that you’ve been hoarding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has a pile to use up.

Start with a piece of card stock cut to 4 1/4 x 11″ and score it at 5 1/2″. This is your standard top folding card base. Add another score line along the long side at 2 3/4″ and this will give you your ‘fun fold’.

I went through my designer paper stash and because I’ve just piled them all together without any packaging I can’t tell you exactly which paper came from which company. I just searched through my pile and pulled out all the ones with blues and browns because I knew those were the colors I wanted to use. When I found 3 I liked I started cutting my panels. I cut 2 panels at 4 x 2 1/2″ and 1 panel at 5 1/4 x 4′ and then cut black card stock to give each panel just the tiniest bit of a frame.

I adhered each piece like you see in the picture above and then cut the pieces for the stamping. I cut 2 pieces of white card stock to 3 3/4 x 2 3/4″ and cut 2 pieces of black card stock to 4 x 3″. I adhered the white to the black and then adhered them to the card panel.

The trick to lining them up is to adhere the one on the right, which is the inside of the card, first. Fold the cord at the 5 1/2″ score line so that all your paper is facing inside. Then fold the 2 3/4″ fold back to the left. Now you’ll see the paper. Position the panel to go on the front of the card on top of the panel you adhered on the inside of the card so that it covers it completely. Make a little pencil mark where the top panel meets the edge of the panel you folded back. Put adhesive on the back of the top panel being sure not to go past that pencil line so when you adhere it to the front of the card it only sticks to the front. ( I really hope that makes sense.)

Now, I forgot to add the stamping to the front of the card before I adhered it. I recommend you do that first as I had to mask everything off and then stamp. It worked out but it would’ve been easier to stamp first. I didn’t add any color to the flower since there is so much going on with all the patterns on the papers. If you are not one who likes to color then this is a great technique for you. I’ll add a personal message to the inside and then this card is ready for the mail.

Happy Stamping

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Gel Press Bliss

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday Crafty Friends,

I am so happy to be on the blog today sharing a couple of cards I created using the Gel Press, some Dina Wakley media paints and a couple of beautiful stamps from Picket Fence Studio. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration.

I love love love the gel press and all the wonderful things you can create with them. I will have a lot more projects using them in the future.

These cards came about as a happy accident, I literally was just playing around with the gell press, trying different colors and stencils, and man once you start on this journey, you really cannot stop doing the prints.

I pulled out all my products, my paints which are Dina Wakley Media, my gel press, of course, a stencil i had in my stash from a Tim Holtz tag kit and my ink roller. I cut down different sizes and types of paper I would need for pressing. By using different weights and types would give for more options in future projects etc. (The best tip  I heard is to have all your paper precut and ready to go before you start, I have caught myself without and had to stop midway through creating. Not fun when you are on a roll and covered in paint.) Which has happened to me lol, I sometimes just go for it and forget to plan and end up just grabbing random scraps from around my messy craft room and desk.

Once I had the backgrounds where I liked them, I set them aside too dry. I had recently purchased these two wonderful Picket Fence stamps from Scrap’n Stamp, which was just sitting on my desk waiting to be used. I felt the April girl would be the right fit for the look of the background. I decided to create two different versions of the card. For the first one, I stamped her on to a piece of collage paper that I had in my stash. I stamped her using Archival ink. The second image I stamped on to heavy weight white cardstock.

I cut out the image from the Collage paper and added her to the Gell press background paper I had previously created. I love how the paper just disappears and you are left with just the stunning image that popped and showcased all the stenciled texture. I pulled out my stamp press and added the sentiment using Versa Clair nocturn ink. I love how bold and crisp this ink is, I highly recommend it.

I popped up the inked panel, which measures 4 3/4 x 4, on to some teal card stock which I cut down to 5 x 4 1/8, using some foam tape and then adhered that on to a layer of black cardstock, just to make everything pop. To finish off the card and cover up some a little issues I added some really vibrant sequins from my stash and drew some sketchy lines with my black pen.

For the second card, I decided to change it up a bit and add some die cutting to the mix using the My Favorite Things stitched rectangle dies. I love the added texture and interest it adds. I cut down multiple layers of card stock, once again using the black and teal cardstock, to layer both the focal image and the gell pressed background. I die cut the stamped image and inked background as I thought this would make it all pop. I adhered the teal and gel pressed background flat down to the black cardstock, which in turn I popped up on to the white card base. For the focal image, I popped her up on to teal layer and flat to the black. Giving just enough dimension to the card.

To finish the card off I layered the Tim Holtz sentiment stickers on to that same teal cardstock and strategically placed them onto the card trying ton to cover the image up too much. Finally, to bring it all together I added the same pretty sequins to just the right areas of the card, it just added that little extra something that was missing.

If you have not had the chance to play with a gel press I highly recommend that you do, you can even start off small as Scrap’n Stamp carries various sizes, one as small as 3x 5 and all the paint and supplies you need to get started. I do warn you though it is highly addictive.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend with a lot of time to have fun and create.

~Nancy


Lawn Fawn Interactive Easter Card

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Hey Guys!  Chala here for today’s blog post.

Today I am using a bunch of Lawn Fawn products to create this fun little Easter card.

I am using the following stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn:

Stitched Hillside Boards, Meadow Borders (however you can also use the Grassy Hillside Borders or Simple Grassy Hillsides), Easter Party and the Let’s Toast Pull Tab die set.

I stamped out the images and coloured them with my comic markers then I layed out the elements I wanted to have in my card.

Now, this is not the exact way the card ended up…but it gave me an idea of where I wanted everything to be.

I use two different shades of green cardstock to die cut the hills this helps to add some visual interest to the card and the illusion that one hill is much closer than the other.   I also cut out some of the tulips from yellow and pink cardstock and the butterfly from some light blue cardstock.

I set these pieces aside and work on the sky background.  I use the amazing Picket Fence Blender Brushes and the Cloud stencil from My Favorite Things and Distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China.  I create the clouds by alternating these colours and turning the stencil to give a layered cloud look.

The next step is to die cut the track of the slider portion….I seemed to have misplaced this part of my die set…😬….so, I ended up using one from the Slide on Over set from Lawn Fawn….  I cut the track in both the background cloud panel as well as the larger background hill.

I then adhere the larger background hill to the cloud panel ensuring the panel’s line up.  I insert the slider mechanism and adhere the little critter with some Scor Tape.  I decided I wanted the cute little bunny character to pop up from behind the grass instead of the little flower girl.

Now I add some foam tape to the grassy cardstock that I die cut earlier.  Making sure that it lines up on either side of the slider mechanism and doesn’t interfere with how the slider moves up and down.

Next I can add the other little critters to the front as well as the tulips and butterfly with some glossy accents.

I trimmed off the excess overhang from the grass and the pull mechanism, die cut the notch, added the decorative pull and stamped “pull here”.  I add some more foam tape to the back of and on either side of the slider mechanism and adhere it onto my card base.

My last step is to add the sentiment.  I did this by stamping the Happy Easter sentiment onto some purple cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder and popped it up with foam tape.

I felt the sentiment lacked something…so I added some stitch lines with white gel pen and clear Wink of Stella to the petals on the little girl.  Here’s the finished card.

Due to some technical difficulties there is no video today.  Sorry about that guys!

Be sure to stop back here on Saturday to check out what Kia has in store for you!

Thanks so much from stopping by and I hope the Easter bunny is good to you all!

~Chala